The life of BBC Saturday Kitchen’s Matt Tebbutt, from spitting wife to Bake Off star

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TV chef Matt Tebbutt has become a regular on our screens over the years, hosting a number of hit shows.

He is best known for BBC’s Saturday Kitchen, but also hosted Channel 4’s Food Unwrapped and ITV’s Save Money: Good Food.

And her life is even more interesting off-screen since her 21-year marriage and even attending A&E twice for cat bites.

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Is Matt Tebbutt married and does he have children?

Matt Tebbutt is married to his wife Lisa who has played a crucial role in his career to date.



Head of Television Matt Tebbutt

Before it first appeared on our screens, Matt and Lisa ran the Foxhunter restaurant in Nant-y-Derry, Monmouthshire, but the restaurant closed in 2015 after more than 13 years, but not before winning the AA restaurant from the year for Wales in 2004.

The happy couple recently celebrated their 21st birthday and have two children together, a son named Henry and a daughter named Jessie.

Matt goes to the hospital because of a cat

Matt previously worried fans after he was rushed to hospital for emergency surgery. Posting to his Instagram, the chef posted a photo captioned, “Me, morphine drip and emergency appendectomy.”

An appendectomy is an operation to remove the appendix if it becomes infected. He thanked the staff at The Grange Hospital in Gwent, praising the “brilliant health service” and saying he was “so grateful”.

It’s not the only recent occasion the TV star has spoken highly of the NHS, having thanked it for its help when he had to go to hospital twice for treatment for a cat bite.

TV career

Matt first appeared on our television screens in 2009, presenting Saturday Kitchen on BBC One. Since then he has been a regular guest host on the show before making it a permanent feature.

He has also co-hosted Food Unwrapped and Save Money: Good Food, as well as appearances on Market Kitchen, The Great British Menu and Drop Down Menu.

But despite this impressive range of appearances, he prefers his own food to be simple. He told the Great British Food Awards: “My go-to dish is a really good piece of meat or fish cooked simply and simply.

“I don’t like stuff and mousse – there’s nothing nicer than a piece of grilled meat with good seasonal produce. Well thought out cuisine with really fresh ingredients, simply cooked in good company and good wine is my ideal meal.”

Tebbutt has also published several books, including Guilty Pleasures and Weekend: Eating at Home: From Long Lazy Lunches to Fast Family Fixes, which was released in November last year.

Matt argued with the Bake Off star

Matt is well known for his outspokenness and once clashed with a former Bake Off contestant during an appearance on Daily Kitchen Live in 2021.

Ruby Tandoh, who was a runner-up on the highly rated show in 2013, called Tebbutt a “g**” online after Matt’s appearance co-hosting alongside Jack Monroe, famous for his campaign against food poverty.

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This was after Tebbutt made discouraging remarks about Monroe’s use of bottled lemon juice rather than fresh lemons, saying he found the bottled juice “distressing” and reminded him of a “day of pancakes in the 70s”.

The Bake Off finalist said, “What’s the point of co-hosting a cooking show with @BootstrapCook (Jack Monroe) for affordable and accessible recipes if you’re going to spend half your time gorging yourself on lemon juice bottled and frozen spinach. AT THE TOP.”

The TV chef later responded, saying, “Wow! Are you still so mad? I didn’t know about the vitamins in frozen spinach and jif lemon juice was a real question too!”

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